As someone who lives this conflict on a daily basis, I had to comment on this.
Everyday for the past 14 years, my friends and I wake up to a new alarm- the sound of the sirens giving us 15 seconds to run into a shelter and hope no one we knows dies. School, Hospitals and kindergartens get destroyed. When I was three was the first time a guy came in a restaurant and blew himself up, along with pregnant women and children. Last year a family was destroyed. They were sleeping peacefully- A six month old baby, her three siblings and her parents. Two guys broke into their house in the dead of night and slit their throats.
I’m an Israeli. Half my friends are Muslim, and just like everyone else, some of their homes were destroyed because of the missile fired from Gaza.
Now let me take you back in time for a second.
You can say that the UN’s decision to give us Israel as a country might have been wrong, but it is what the majority of the countries in the world decided. After the holocaust, humans who were survives gave their lives fighting for this country because of a war the ARAB states started. Our Independence war.
In war like in war, you concur land. But as a sign of peach, after 5 wars that were never stared by Israel (later on to become 9) and two antifada’s we took out all of our soldiers from Gaza and stopped the operation for the last and final time. So you can’t say there’s an operation in Gaza. What did happen after we came out of Gaza was give the Hamas more space to target us from. Reaching a distance with their missiles up to JERUSALEM. No matter what you believe in, this should be alarming to you, since it is a sacred city to all three religions. None the less, we gave it to them. In Gaza they have their own government led by a man called Abu- Mazen. But here’s the catch- the Hamas, an organisation that is clearly known as a terror organization is a part of that government. Now if we look closely we can see that in Gaza there are two groups of terror- The Hamas, which their motto is -” we love death more than you love life” and believe that as long as one Jew dies, you’ll become a saint in death. and The Fatach, which is a second terror organization, a lot weaker in Gaza since the Hamas a murdering their followers.
In Gaza, if you’re gay - you’ll get murdered.
If you’re a girl and you somehow “brought shame upon your family” - you’re murdered.
In Gaza they hide their weapons in schools, hospitals and even civilian homes, knowing that we are less likely to attack.
Three weeks ago three teenage boys- two at the age of 16 and one 19 were kidnapped and murdered. All for being Jewish, all for being Israeli.
And this is how this latest war started.
Our IDF calls homes in Gaza that are known to have weapon in them, and inform civilians that during that day they need to evacuate because we are going to get rid of the weapons. Which is ALWAYS followed by the HAMAS instructions to not evacuate. The Hamas have no value of human lives, but the death of their own people is a lot more valuable to them because of what the media will later on think.
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The pro-palestinian propaganda uses pictures from Hollywood movies, and pictures from places like Syria, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, which I’m sure you won’t argue - are not democracy’s.
Here is a picture of a wounded Palestinian being brought to an Israeli hospital - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsW8yTvCQAEfuvW.jpg
This isn’t something out of the ordinary, as they also work in Israel and we provide them with food, water, medication and electricity. Whatever happens to it, weather it reaches civilian hand or not- is all up to the HAMAS that control Gaza.
Yesterday alone we had more than 100 rockets fired at our city’s, from dawn to dusk. Today we were also attacked by Syria.
Now I would like to let you know, that Palestinians were originally Jordan’s and Egypt’s rejects. When Israel was founded we gave both country’s the opportunity to be the ones in control of those regions but they declined, this only shows that the entire conflict in the middle east is not fulled by the concern for the civilians in Gaza, but purely our of hatred of Jews. Also, you can check and see how the HAMAS treats their own civilians in Gaza.
Yesterday in Paris, France, in the year of 2014 the Jews suffered something very similar to the “Crystal Night” in Nazi Germany back in ww2, where a synagogue was targeted with people still inside, only to have the police stand by and do nothing. How is that okay?
I was personally abused in a one direction concert in Barcelona not a week ago, with the words “you don’t belong here, go back to your country, get our” only because I had an Israeli flag with me. Not to mention I was physically harmed.
And if this doesn’t convince you that what you see in the media about the conflict is pure lies, maybe a Muslim Arab could change your mind.
All in all, Ben and Harry are two amazing people, and they don’t deserve hate for what they may or may not believe in.